A new campaign from the Fatherhood Institute looks to build on dads’ experience of being more hands on during Covid.
Over three quarters of dads who were at home during the lockdown want more flexible working in the future, with nearly two thirds preferring more homeworking, according to a new study.
The Fatherhood Institute study, Lockdown Fathers: the untold story, shows that during the first Covid-19 lockdown, dads spent more time than usual with their children and that their confidence grew as a result, they learned new skills and they built stronger relationships with their children. The study also found dads want to stay more involved in future, but that long working hours and commutes and lack of direct contact with schools have got in the way in the past.
In response to the survey results the Fatherhood Institute is launching a new campaign called Time with Dad which aims to create a space where employers, education providers and parents can work together to give fathers the time and support they need to keep supporting their children’s education. The campaign will look to trial new approaches and is looking to collaborate with employers, researchers, parents or teachers.
The campaign will look at flexible working and how different options are communicated to dads; how schools and childcare providers engage with dads; how dads found supporting their children’s learning during the pandemic and what would make it easier for them to keep things up post-pandemic; how mums can support dads’ involvement in their children’s learning; and whether policy makers are thinking about fathers as they develop post-pandemic ‘build-back’ programmes.
*Anyone interested can sign up to the campaign, or get in touch, here.